Most viewed - Kanamara Matsuri かなまら祭
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Pumping (or humping) the...5244 views
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Riding it...4207 viewsObviously I have better shots of her with her cute face showing and both arms in the air, but I'm not one to embarass people...

It has been scientifically proven that sex is good for your health and beauty.
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The festival is wildly popular with people from overseas.4112 viewsThe shrine had various phallus props to pose with.
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Ooohhh, ecstasy...3855 viewsNah, just joking. She was actually just embarassed and spontaneously covered her face with a giggle. Obviously I have better shots of her with her cute face showing, but I'm not one to embarass people... Boy, I wish I took a video clip of this scene.

Actually, what happened is that a guy sat on this black penis before she did, and she saw that. So she imitated and sat on it too. Her female friend was taking her picture. Later they switched places and her friend, who was wearing a skirt and red net stockings, sat on it and posed for pictures.

Notice the zigzag white paper streamers. They indicate something which is sacred. So this penis is sacred, possessing a divine spirit. I can believe this because it draws so many people to it. It definitely has divine power. I mean it made this girl sit on it right?
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Dickhead hat. Actually, I don't know what they call it, but that's what I call it.3816 views
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Licking it...3808 viewsLook at that tongue...
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Carving daikon. Anybody can join in and carve. 大根削り3701 viewsLater to be auctioned off.
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Now this is a work of art. Bid at least 3,000 yen please...3636 viewsA Japanese woman bought this, but no takers for the mochi phallus (also 3,000 yen minimum).
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Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolly-lollipop (pop!)...3604 viewsFrom an old song. These lollipops were selling like hotcakes.
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Carving daikon (old photo). These men were really good at carving the daikon.3571 viewsI went to the Kanamara Festival twice. This picture was taken the first time I went in the 1980s, when the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people. These carved daikon look much more artistic (realistic) than the ones I saw in 2006.
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Painting inside Kanayama Shrine2562 views
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Forging a steel phallus (old photo)2346 viewsThe demon living in the vagina of the women bit the man's phallus each time. So one guy made a steel phallus and the demom broke his teeth.

I went to the Kanamara Festival twice. This picture was taken the first time I went in the 1980s, when the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people. They did not have this steel phallus making in 2006.
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Carving daikon. Since some activities are conducted on the ground, the festival is also called Jibeta (Ground) Matsuri.2330 viewsI went to the Kanamara Festival twice. This picture was taken the first time I went in the 1980s, when the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people.
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Standing room only at Wakamiya Shrine2133 views
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Kanayama Jinja Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine near Kawasaki Daishi Station. On the first Sun. of April, it holds this now-famous Kanamara Festival nicknamed the Phallus or Fertility Festival. 2075 viewsFestival starts at 11 am. But a large crowd was already there well before that time. Entrance to shrine on the day of the Kanamara Festival. (If you're below age 18, please leave now.)
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Male and female lollipops (mass produced). Cute, but we all prefer the real thing, right?2029 views
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Prayers to the Kanamara-bune mikoshi かなまら舟神輿2027 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1931 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.

There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Male and female made of mochi (1000 yen)1820 views
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Packed path to Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine1796 views
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Prayers to the Kanamara Boat portable shrine かなまら舟神輿 神輿御霊入れ式1774 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.

There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Two of the portable shrines ready to go. In Japanese, the festival is nicknamed "Chinko Matsuri" (Phallus Festival) ちんこ祭り.1750 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Prayers to the Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1734 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Prayers to the Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1518 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Shrine banners and cherries in full bloom1489 viewsThe red banner says "Kanayama Jinja" with an phallus (erect) logo on the top.
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The shrine's head priest transfers the deity to the Kanamara Boat portable shrine (boat-shaped loaded with a phallus) かなまら舟神輿1465 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Elizabeth portable shrine was donated by a drag queen club called Elizabeth Kaikan in Kameido, Tokyo.1460 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)1 comments
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Penis prayers1417 viewsThis penis monument (built in 1995 by a steel company) is next to Kanayama Shrine. This person praying is a Caucasian man, not a woman. I was aghast when he stood up and showed his manly face. His long blond hair made me think he was a woman...
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Waving the sacred sakaki branch to bless all of us1373 views
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Kanayama Shrine altar offerings1353 viewsNotice the male and female mochi offering.
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A representative of the shrine parishioners offer prayers.1338 views
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Pubic hair not included. Perhaps that's why it doesn't look so obscene.1291 views
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Kanamara Boat portable shrine (boat-shaped loaded with a phallus) was donated by a steel company. かなまら舟神1265 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Maid with paws...1260 views
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Art work on the cart1253 views
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Male and female made of mochi. Both were offerings at the shrine.1249 views
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The red cloth is the blood after the demon inside the vagina bit the phallus (Old photo)1143 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Shrine maiden1136 views
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Hula1112 views
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Lollipops (mass produced)1091 viewsThe wrapping is printed with a prayer for conceiving.
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Inside Kanayama Shrine 金山神社1082 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of bellows (you can see it on the left of the fireplace above), so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.
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Prayers for a child written on these votive tablets (ema)1077 views1 comments
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Ready for the procession1066 views
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The old Kanayama Shrine1055 views
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She-male (or maybe just a drag queen, I couldn't visually or physically confirm)1046 views
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The main Kanamara mikoshi かなまら神輿1043 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males1023 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine966 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of bellows, so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.
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Kanayama Shrine (right next to Wakamiya Hachimangu)958 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of the bellows, so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.

Kanayama Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the larger Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine. The Kanayama Shrine was completely rebuilt and reborn in 1999 into a completely unorthodox building which you see here. Modeled after a blacksmith's workshop, it is now a black, eight-sided building with steel paneling. Notice the penis monument on the lower right.
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Blacksmith's tool958 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males951 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine946 views
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Kanayama Shrine altar946 viewsFlanked by penis statues on the left and right.
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Also see the video at YouTube.946 views
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The old Kanayama Shrine938 viewsPicture was taken in the 1980s.
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Taiko drummers in front of Wakamiya Hachimangu935 views
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Kanamara mikoshi かなまら神輿933 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine928 views
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Not exactly a work of art, but...905 views
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Giving offerings inside Kanayama Shrine892 views
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Another phallus near Kanayama Shrine875 viewsIt was pretty lonely, with no one paying attention to it.
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Kanayama Shrine altar864 views
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One of many daruma shops in the town.848 views
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Free amazake (sweet sake). It's a white, creamy liquid served with small dried fish with wiggly tails. Sort of reminds you of something...846 viewsSperm!
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Dance825 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms816 views
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Hula dancing at a phallus festival?? (Click photo to learn why.)802 viewsBecause hula can also be considered as a sexually-suggestive dance. The way they sway the hips, etc., can be sexy enough to stir up your loins...
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Lollipop maker, very popular790 views
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Phallus daikon radish auction, minimum bid 200 yen784 viewsAll the daikon they were carving earlier in the day were sold at an auction. Most were sold for a few hundred yen. They even had an English interpreter (woman on left) so foreigners could bid too.
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The crowd awaits the departure of the portable shrines to go on the procession around town.780 views
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The outlandish Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males.776 views
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Portable shrine procession. Also see the video at YouTube.746 views
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Happi coat with official logo744 views
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The old Kanayama Shrine736 views
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Portable shrine procession729 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine713 views
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People could borrow and wear kimono for free, courtesy of the shrine.711 viewsThe portable shrine procession is actually called a "costume parade." You can wear a mask or whatever and also wear a kimono (considered to be a costume) and join in the parade.
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Kanamara boat mikoshi696 views
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The Kanamara boat mikoshi is the first to leave.690 views
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Even a rock band played...689 viewsThey played '70s rock.
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Roof ridge emblem687 views
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Handmade male/female lollipops for 600 yen each682 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms681 views
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Items for the auction's climax...674 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms656 views
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The Kanamara boat mikoshi is the first to leave. 神輿の巡幸652 views
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Shack for votive tablets648 views
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The Elizabeth mikoshi pumping up and down as it makes it way to town646 views
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Amulets, votive tablets, etc., for sale by the shrine.642 views
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The main Kanamara mikoshi leaves last.637 views
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Look, this one even has wrinkles (probably flaccid).630 viewsYes, he actually said that.
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Tengu (nose is not shaped like a phallus)627 views
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Head of the portable shrine procession626 viewsTengu, shrine priest, and a little girl with an offertory tray. I put in 10 yen, and a shrine maiden came up to me and waved the sacred branch over my head as a blessing. She also gave me an amulet made of paper. I guess I'm fertile now...
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Phallus in the Kanamara boat mikoshi602 views
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Kanamara mikoshi582 views
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Back at the shrine579 views
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Kanayama Shrine's head priest575 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms572 views
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They are shouting, "Dekkai-mara Dekkai-mara" which probably means "huge phallus."548 views
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Kanamara mikoshi544 views
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Long line at the lollipop stand...543 views
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Ceremony back at the shrine537 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine531 views
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Portable shrine procession501 views
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Old photo484 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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And it leaves the shrine.483 views
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Heading out to the torii gate 神輿の巡幸478 views
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Kanamara mikoshi476 views
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Portable shrine procession 神輿の巡幸475 views
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Entering the main shopping street473 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine472 views
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Heading out of the shrine (old photo)471 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Two for the price of one!!469 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males465 views
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Portable shrine procession464 views
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Kanamara boat mikoshi459 views
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Kanamara mikoshi451 views
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Turning around at the end of the route.438 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.411 views
 
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